I.  Enhance the Quality and Distinctiveness of the Marist Educational Experience for All Students–Traditional Age Undergraduates, Graduate Students, and Adult Learners.

    Initiatives – General
  1. Provide an increasingly distinctive education that remains affordable.
  2. Promote greater faculty and student collaboration on scholarly and creative projects.
  3. Enhance and expand our internationally recognized technology-enabled learning experience.
  4. Promote exceptional and wide-ranging international study experiences to facilitate global awareness.
  5. Strengthen career awareness, planning, and placement services for all current students and alumni.
  6. Continue systematic review and assessment of programs emphasizing learning outcomes to ensure standards of high quality are maintained.
  7. Document and reward outstanding teaching, scholarship, and service, and communicate these professional accomplishments to the wider community.
  8. Leverage our historic Hudson River Valley location with a curriculum that engages meaningfully with the region from New York City to Albany.
  9. Develop new strategies to recruit, mentor, and retain highly qualified full-time and part-time faculty.
  10. Review and enhance retention plans for all student populations.
  11. Increase the number of full-time faculty at a rate that exceeds the growth rate in traditional age undergraduate students and at appropriate levels for graduate and adult student population growth.
  12. Move forward with the implementation of the Campus Master Plan to address academic space needs, including: the renovation of space in Lowell Thomas, the Dyson Center, and Fontaine Hall freed up by the opening of the Hancock Center; upgrades to science labs; and the addition to the Dyson Center.
  13. Move forward with the implementation of the Campus Master Plan to address student life and residential space needs, including: the addition and renovation of the McCann Center; the completion of the Route 9 Pedestrian Walkway; the addition of space for the music program; the renovation of the dining hall; and expanded student housing.
  14. Initiatives – Traditional-Age Undergraduates
  15. Provide a comprehensive education with a strong liberal arts core, and enhance it by emphasizing breadth of knowledge, interdisciplinary scholarship, skill development, and community engagement.
  16. Integrate and enhance Marist's current first-year offerings to create a comprehensive first-year experience.
  17. Encourage student experiences outside of the classroom, including internships, civic engagement, study abroad, research, and service learning that build pathways to careers or advanced study.
  18. Explore new academic programs, student-life activities, and marketing strategies that help ensure gender balance in full-time undergraduate student enrollment.
  19. Continue to raise the profile of athletics at Marist by ensuring that student athletes experience success both in the classroom and in athletic competition.
  20. Continue an enrollment strategy for the traditional-age undergraduate population on the Poughkeepsie campus that is based on (a) minimal growth of about one percent per year and (b) improved retention.
  21. Initiatives – Graduate Students
  22. Build on successful and innovative program models, such as our ongoing partnerships with law enforcement agencies and health care organizations.
  23. Systematically monitor trends in the graduate student market and survey the student population to determine what programs, delivery formats, services, and price points should be enhanced, developed, or modified.
  24. Strengthen student support services for graduate students and make them more accessible, including online and on-campus services.
  25. Conduct a comprehensive review of the competitiveness of graduate programs and the methods that are used to market the programs.
  26. Assist faculty in developing knowledge and skills specific to advising graduate students.
  27. Increase integration of graduate programs with undergraduate and adult programs, with more five-year, certificate, degree completion, and other feeder programs.
  28. Develop community-based learning experiences for graduate students including research, internships, and service learning opportunities.
  29. Initiatives – Adult Learners
  30. Build on successful and innovative program models, such as those offered by the Institute for Data Center Professionals (IDCP).
  31. Systematically monitor trends in the adult student market and survey the student population to determine what programs, delivery formats, price points, and services should be enhanced, developed, or modified.
  32. Strengthen student support services for adult students and make them more accessible, including online and on-campus services.
  33. Conduct a comprehensive review of the competitiveness of adult programs and the methods that are used to market the programs.
  34. Better integrate adult degree completion programs with graduate education.
  35. Continue to grow professional development and certificate programs.
  36. Improve adult student life by allocating additional space and resources for programming and student interaction.
  37. Enhance relationships with the adult alumni population.